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    Default Firefox still freezes

    Hi,

    I've updated everything recently (all online updates, newest version of Firefox etc.) but Firefox still freezes randomly. It's definitely not because of plug-ins, Flash or Desktop Effects as I had them all switched off, tried new profile without plug-ins - still freezes. But Chromium works fine, even with Flash. Although I hate Chromium, don't know why, just hate it. I like Firefox and put up with its freezes. Would be nice though to have it resolved.

    Am I the only one with this problem?
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    Default Re: Firefox still freezes

    Quote Originally Posted by linuxoidoz View Post
    Am I the only one with this problem?
    Perhaps not. However, I am not having the problem, and as best I can tell most people are not having that problem.

    Does it freeze randomly, or only on particular web sites? And, if the latter, can you provide links for some of the sites that cause a freeze (so that others can try to repeat the problem).
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    On 05/04/2011 03:36 AM, linuxoidoz wrote:
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    > I've updated everything recently (all online updates, newest version of
    > Firefox etc.)


    what do you mean by "newest version of Firefox"? is that the version you
    get from the standard openSUSE oss and update repos? or did you install
    from some other (mozilla site, factory, tumbleweed, what??)

    i ask because there are plenty of versions newer than the _one_ supplied
    to 11.4 via the normal openSUSE repos....and, many of those are just
    full of bugs...

    also, you wrote "It's definitely not because of plug-ins, Flash or
    Desktop Effects as I had them all switched off" and i wonder how you
    "switched off" Flash--i wonder because i don't know how to do that (i do
    know how to make sure Flash doesn't run, but i don't know how to switch
    it off)..

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    Default Re: Firefox still freezes

    nrickert,

    Yes, it freezes randomly, even on the openSUSE site.

    DenverD,

    "newest version of Firefox" - I meant I updated it to 4.0.1-1.1 from the Mozilla repo. Don't know which version has more bugs, but as far as freezing is concerned, they all froze starting from the RC in the official release up to this version.

    "switched off Flash" - sorry, I meant I switched off all plug-ins and Desktop Effects, not Flash, and tried a new clean profile (without any plug-ins). I'm pretty sure it's not Flash related as Firefox freezes on non-Flash sites (openSUSE) as well. BTW, it hasn't frozen on YouTube yet.

    I tried to downgrade to the official RC version (by disabling the Mozilla repo and updating all Firefox stuff) but it threw a huge dependency mess which I finally cleared, downgraded, then updated only with the online update - then a few applications seg-faulted after that incl. Firefox itself and Chromium, I didn't have no browser at all. So I upgraded all Firefox back to the latest repo version and I'm back to the same freeze problem
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    Default Re: Firefox still freezes

    here is what i bet: put in a new hard drive, install openSUSE 11.4 and
    before you do _any_ adding, customizing or moving to higher numbered
    stuff like KDE4.6 (except adding packman, one click the multimedia, and
    depending on your graphics install the correct drive) then firefox and
    flash will play smooth and not crash, often....still that BugFest PIG
    Flash is gonna jerk and hurl from time to time..

    on the other hand, if you want to have the latest softare on your
    machine you have to be prepared to fix it when it breaks...and it WILL
    break...

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    Well, I AM prepared to put up with it. Even though Chromium works flawlessly, I'd still rather put up with the randomly freezing Firefox. There's something unexplainably antagonistic in Chromium. I just can't seem to like/trust "Big Company" products (Microsoft, Google etc.). Maybe I'm getting old

    you have to be prepared to fix it when it breaks
    Here's what I'm here for. How do I fix it? I'm prepared, just need to know how.
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    On 05/04/2011 03:36 PM, linuxoidoz wrote:
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    >> you have to be prepared to fix it when it breaks

    > Here's what I'm here for. How do I fix it? I'm prepared, just need to
    > know how.


    note: the following is intended to be ultra-helpful and entirely
    non-hurtful:

    hmmmmm...read the paragraph in this post that begins with "IMPORTANT"
    and zero in on that part that says: "Please note that adding other
    repositories can cause compatibility problems. You may add others when
    the time comes when you learn how to solve problems that may arise . . ."

    you are right, all you need to know is _how_ to solve the problem you
    have now, and since you do not why not try following the advice in that
    old posting?

    personally, i follow that advice myself and have mostly smooth sailing
    (just about an hour ago the updater added a newly patched Firefox and
    Thunderbird and i'm using both now, smooth and coool, so far and expect
    it to remain that way, until Flash barfs again.)

    here is the deal: if i came to your house to fix your firefox here is
    what i would do:

    -use YaST to remove firefox
    -use YaST to remove Flash
    -change the name of ~/.mozilla to ~/.mozilla-OLD
    -change /usr/lib/browser-plugins to /usr/lib/browser-plugins-OLD
    -make a new /usr/lib/browser-plugins with correct permissions/owner
    -disable all repos except oss, non-oss, update and packman
    -install firefox, test
    -install flash. test
    -add java browser plugin, test
    -add windows-media player plug in, if desired; test
    -and, on and on and on (look at aboutlugins prior to removing fire fox)

    if at any time firefox stops working smoothly, STOP, back up (remove the
    last thing installed) and make a new plan..

    so, what i wrote back in january is probably still true: "It is far
    easier to read, understand and follow the instructions than to undo the
    problems caused by not." DD 23 Jan 11

    ymmv, and be sure and read my caveat below before doing anything i
    recommend..

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    The freeze is very annoying but is not the end of the world, not like when Firefox stops showing the window at all. This is just &^$#%&*^$^%$*!!! And it doesn't give me any errors. It starts running but without the window. The only way to make it show up again is to delete the profile and start from scratch again. But I loose everything doing that. And THIS is the most annoying problem with Firefox. I'm back to Chromium again.

    I may as well just delete Firefox or reinstall openSUSE. The former seems less hassle. Too bad for Firefox userbase. They've just lost another user.

    Yes, I know I use repo versions but I've never had this kind of problems since Suse 9.2. I don't want to investigate whose fault it really is (Firefox's or openSUSE's), I expect some errors or crashes in newer versions, but this kind of behavior is just too bad.
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    what graphics driver are you using.
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    Nvidia's from the Nvidia repo: 270.41.06
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